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  1. Chris Jordan at the 2008 IIDA Leaders Breakfast
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    Chris Jordan at the 2008 IIDA Leaders Breakfast

    “Six years ago today I was a very angry, lonely corporate lawyer,” recalls Chris Jordan, the keynote speaker at the 2008 IIDA Leaders Breakfast at the Four Seasons in San Francisco on...

    written by: Sonja Hall
    09.25.08

  2. Cardboard Chic
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    Cardboard Chic

    As news of the Greatest Financial Crisis Since the Great Depression sinks in, it's a good time to be reminded that things could be worse.

    written by: David A. Greene
    09.29.08

  3. Air France Terminal 2E
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    Air France Terminal 2E

    Flying from the Air France Terminal at LAX (which has been shifted out of the outdated Tom Bradley Terminal) and arriving in Paris at Terminal 2E is like moving from a basement into a penthouse...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    09.29.08

  4. West Coast Green
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    West Coast Green

    If green design were easy, everyone would be doing it. And though it makes sense in theory, actual implementation is often easier said than done. How to make all design become sustainable design...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.29.08

  5. Look Ma, No Burnt Hands
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    Look Ma, No Burnt Hands

    As a parent, I'm always on the lookout for innovative and stylish ways not to break my kid. Blanco's new Master Ilux faucet features LEDs that tint the water red or blue, depending on its...

    written by: David A. Greene
    09.30.08

  6. Affordable Housing for China
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    Affordable Housing for China

    Over a million people have moved to Guangzhou in the past eight years, making the city's population nearly ten million today. This urbanization is the trend of cities worldwide; it makes all the...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.01.08

  7. Dashboard Confessional
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    Dashboard Confessional

    A major obstacle to reducing our energy consumption continues to be our general unawareness of just how much we are using. Most people have no idea exactly how much a shorter shower or a lowered...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.01.08

  8. Bioplastic: Green or Greenwashing?
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    Bioplastic: Green or Greenwashing?

    There's a vast field of opportunity right now for designing every day objects using new materials that make them safer and more sustainable. Food containers—which we throw away in astonishing...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.01.08

  9. Coin Lamp
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    Coin Lamp

    There are all sorts of devices emerging these days that are meant to monitor and increase awareness of our energy consumption habits. From high-concept products like Die Electric, which we...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.03.08

  10. The People's Design Award
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    The People's Design Award

    As part of their National Design Week festivities (Oct. 19 – 25), the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum is sponsoring an online "People's Design Award."

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.07.08

  11. MUJI to GO Opens at JFK
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    MUJI to GO Opens at JFK

    MUJI, the Japanese brand famous for being tastefully brandless, will soon open a retail shop in JetBlue's new Terminal 5 at New York's JFK airport. The terminal, which was originally designed by...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.08.08

  12. Smog-Cutting Concrete
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    Smog-Cutting Concrete

    The new Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis includes two 30-foot-tall sculptures made of photocatalytic concrete. Though the squiggly sculptures are supposed to invoke the international symbol for...

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.11.08

  13. Last Day: Waterfalls
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    Last Day: Waterfalls

    Today—Monday, October 13—is the final day Olafur Eliasson's Waterfalls will be flowing into the East River. If you've managed to miss the City of New York project thus far, and have...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.13.08

  14. Building Sustainable Communities Exhibit
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    Building Sustainable Communities Exhibit

    An inquisitive exhibit recently extended through January 2009 at the Danish Architecture Center asks “What if architecture could change the world?” Building Sustainable Communities ...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.15.08

  15. Zaha Hadid in Central Park
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    Zaha Hadid in Central Park

    In time for the Cooper-Hewitt's National Design Week is London-based architect Zaha Hadid's collaboration with Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld to design a pavilion that explores just what it would feel...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.17.08

  16. The Energy Seed
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    The Energy Seed

    Because I have been told time and again that disposing of batteries in the garbage is a terribly destructive thing to do, I generally collect my spent batteries in an old container in my house. My...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.19.08

  17. Tools for Living
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    Tools for Living

    Just in time for budgets to shrink everywhere, Design Within Reach unveils their new Tools For Living line of impeccably designed everyday objects. All pieces that are much cheaper than a Saarinen...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    10.20.08

  18. New from Patricia Urquiola
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    New from Patricia Urquiola

    “For me, design and life goes together—it was my furniture, my husband, and my life that influenced me,” responds designer Patricia Urquiola when asked what influenced her recent...

    written by: Sonja Hall
    10.20.08

  19. Mc&Co
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    Mc&Co

    Gleaming from a white-washed box on North 6th Street is Corinne Gilbert's Mc&Co, a lovingly-curated shop of modern porcelain, glassware, art, home accessories and fashion accessories that break...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.21.08

  20. Michael Beirut at the Cooper-Hewitt
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    Michael Beirut at the Cooper-Hewitt

    This week at the Cooper-Hewitt is National Design Week, designated by the museum as a week of focus on the ways design enriches everyday life.

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.23.08

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